Using Rinses

Using Rinses, but Not Swallowing 

Although brushing is a great way to remove plaque, there are places that toothbrushes cannot reach. Flossing can get to those hard to reach places, but for caregivers, flossing can be very difficult to perform on your clients. Instead, using fluoridated rinses can have a similar affect as flossing.  Rinses can help avoid gum disease and remove anything left over after brushing. But for many people with disabilities, understanding not to swallow the rinse and instead spit it out can be difficult. And swallowing these rinses can lead to dangerous side effects.  Instead, there are a few ways that you can apply the rinse to the client’s teeth to get the same benefits and avoid any unwanted side effects.

  • As mentioned in the issue of toothpaste section, you can dip the toothbrush in Listerine fluoridated rinse and brush the clients teeth as if the rinse was toothpaste

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  • Use a spongy material or gauze and dip it into  Listerine fluoridated rinse and gently apply that to the client’s teeth and gums

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